DNR Campsites Scarce For Memorial Day Weekend

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Make plans now for later in the summer

Those hoping to camp at DNR State Parks and Reservoir properties for Memorial Day weekend may be too late. Excluding scattered opportunities, the no vacancy sign is up all over the state.

 The only two places that still have 5-10 spots available for this weekend are Charlestown State Park’s electric campground and Lincoln State Park’s primitive campground.  Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, a property run by the Division of Forestry, has 15 sites still available in its full hook-up campground. A few other properties have one or two campsites available.

Those interested in reserving a shelter for family or group gatherings for any of the days over Memorial Day weekend can breathe easier. Between 60 to 80 percent of those opportunities are still available.

Independence Day weekend camping opportunities throughout the state are at premium already. Christie Wilmoth, Central Reservation System project manager, said that that 71 percent of cabins are taken and 57 percent of the camping opportunities are spoken for. She said that some places are completely booked already.

“The early demand for camping tells me that those who want to camp any time this spring or summer and even over Labor Day weekend would be wise to make reservations now,” said Dan Bortner, director of the Division of State Parks and Reservoirs. “If gas prices stay high or get higher, we expect demand for in-state camping to continue to be high as people look to vacation closer to home.”

To make camping or shelter reservations, see camp.IN.gov or call (866) 622-6746. Those seeking to take advantage of last-minute opportunities at individual parks should call those parks.